IAHA - Animal Husbandry Alliance

IAHA is an informal network of individuals and organizations interested in inspiring, supporting and strengthening the development of organic animal husbandry. It is the animal husbandry 'think tank' of the IFOAM - Organics International Action Group.


The General Assembly of IFOAM - Organics International in Korea in October 2011 recommended that animal husbandry be given more emphasis in IFOAM-Organics International through a worldwide platform to address animal health and welfare, breeding techniques, feeding (e.g. roughage versus concentrates) and related issues.

A group of interested individuals, supported by the IFOAM World Board, then began to organize and, at the end of November 2012, the IFOAM Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) became approved by the IFOAM World Board.


IAHA allows IFOAM Affiliates to share organic animal husbandry knowledge, concerns, positions, and issues and integrate them into the work of IFOAM - Organics International and the organic movement. Its contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • Inputs for IFOAM norms developments and the position papers of IFOAM - Organics international;
  • Contributions to the advocacy of IFOAM - Organics International for organic livestock and livestock keepers;
  • Inputs for the stakeholders of the organic movement, e.g. national organizations, certification bodies, research institutions, communicators, policy setters etc.
  • Facilitation of learning for national organic sectors and actors that want to improve their organic animal husbandry development.
  • Recommendations and policies for  stakeholders of the organic movement, e.g. national organizations, certification bodies, research institutions, communicators, policy setters, etc. how to support and develop animal husbandry

Want to get involved?

Simply fill out the IAHA-Questionnaire to join the community and receive IAHA's newsletters.


The General Assembly of IFOAM has acknowledged and accepted the New Dehli Declaration for Organic Animal Husbandry on the 13th of November 2017 in New Dehli, which summarises the conclusions from the IAHA Pre-Conference on the “Role of Livestock in Sustainable agriculture” on 6.-8. November 2017 in Ghaziabad, India.

Read here the New Delhi Declaration for Organic Animal Husbandry 


New detailed programme and updated brochure  for 3rd IAHA Organic Animal Husbandry Conference on 6-8 November 2017, New Delhi, India


On 7 and 8 November 2017, the conference "Role of livestock in sustainable agriculture" will take place as a preconference of the Organic World Congress in Dehli, India.
Additionally, from 2 to 5 November 2017, there are excursions and on 6 November a workshop on the use of Ayurveda and traditional medicinal plants for animal health.
The venue will be the National Centre of Organic Farming at Ghaziabad (close to New Delhi) in India.

Download the newly updated conference brochure: 

The IFOAM Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) invites you to participate in the above-mentioned Conference. Co-organiser of this event are the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI), the National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF) in India, the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI under ICAR), the Indian livestock development & ethno-veterinary group ANTHRA and IFOAM - Organics International.

The IAHA Pre-conference offers an opportunity for exchange of information and experiences on managing organic livestock to researchers, farmers, advisors and development professionals. The program will include keynote speaks & plenary sessions, technical & scientific sessions, workshops, farm-visits, exhibitions & displays as well as stalls for different products of livestock origin.
On the 6th of November 2017 there will be a workshop on medicinal plants and Ayurveda in animal care. 2-5th of November excursions on farms and cultural sites are foreseen (detailed program will follow soon).
Costs: participation is free of charge for participants of the Organic World Congress. 50 US Dollars will be charged on site for participants who attend only the Pre-conference. Additionally, the cost for lunches and beverages at the conference is 40 US Dollars, including one evening meal. Costs for the practical workshop on 6th November 2017 before the Pre-Conference: 20 US Dollars.
Registration is now open!

You can now register via the link below. Registration is free of charge, even though the system might ask you to select a payment method.

Further information:

Registration: http://www.fibl.org/fileadmin/templates/fiblorg/css/images/icon_extern.gif  

Detailed programme

Details on the key note speakers, the oral presentations and poster contributions as well as on the medicinal plants workshop are in the detailed program.

Furthermore you will find here:

The IFOAM Animal Husbandry Conference, September 2012, in Hamburg. 

The inaugural meeting of what became the IAHA occurred during the IFOAM Animal Husbandry Conference, September 2012, in Hamburg. At the conference, a questionnaire was distributed to participants

to gather animal husbandry concerns in different parts of the world. See the results of the first IAHA questionnaire.

IAHA organized several activities during the 18th IFOAM Organic World Congress OWC in Istanbul, October 12-15 2014. Below IAHA Board members (from left to right): Chris Atkinson (UK), Mahesh Chander (India), Angela Escosteguy (Brazil), Otto Schmid (Switzerland) and François Labelle (Canada):

IAHA organized an OWC pre-conference on organic animal husbandry and a workshop session, where the focus was on drafting an International Action Plan for the development and strengthening of Organic Animal Husbandry from 2014-2017. The proceedings and outcomes of the IAHA Pre-conference and workshop session at OWC can be downloaded from here: 

Steering group

  • Otto Schmid ( Switzerland): otto.schmid [at] fibl.org
  • Angela Escosteguy (Brazil): angela [at] ibembrasil.org
  • Chris Atkinson (UK): catkinson [at] soilassociation.org
  • Mahesh Chander (India): mahesh64 [at] email.com
  • François Labelle (Canada): flabelle [at] valacta.com

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